The dystopias of Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, Orwell’s 1984, or Bradbury’s Farenheit 451 had nothing available to monitor and police behavior and thought nearly as powerful as the Internet.
Oh, my readers probably were relieved when the powers-that-be halted the Obama Department of Justice’s “Operation Choke Point”
pressure on banks to shut down gun manufacturers, buyers and sellers. At one point,the New York State Department of Financial Services
was enforcing similar pressure and, in Florida, second-hand sellers like pawn shops
But that was *government* acting outside of Constitutional guidelines, not private business. . .
Facebook puts you in “jail?” Twitter suspends or bans you? Just a matter of private companies exercising property rights!
Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube ban and erase/delete Alex Jones on* the* same* day*? Only conspiracy nuts would see a conspiracy in the timing!
How do you feel about your credit card company conspiring and colluding with Internet platforms to monitor – and “de-monitize” – your actions and speech: “sins,” as arbitrarily determined by the arbitrary ethics or whims of a 3rd or 4th party?
In the same month that Jones was kicked off multiple Internet sites, AmazonSmile
kicked the Alliance Defending Freedom
off its charity donation program because of pressure from the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC deems ADF a “hate” organization because it defends people like that Colorado baker
In the last month, one Internet “platform” (not only a host for writing and videos, but a way to collect subscription fees using credit cards and PayPal – think of a bank alternative), Patreon
, removed the account of anti-PC blogger/YouTuber “Sargon of Akkad,” Carl Benjamin
, even though the behavior they claim as justification
was not on their site, and he definitely did not violate Patreon’s Community Guidelines. He was responding in a sarcastic manner to attacks by white supremacists!
In December, 2018, Patreon suspended the owner of “Jihad Watch
,” Robert Spencer, without reason or notice. When Spencer asked why, he was told that, “unfortunately,” the credit card company, MasterCard had forced the ban.
At what point does the use of currency to arbitrarily impose decisions on what is right or wrong become a Federal issue? If two or more supposedly unrelated companies or organizations interfere to limit commerce, is it delusional to see a conspiracy?
Even if you don’t read Revelation as the prediction of the ultimate dystopia, you might agree that there’s a move to force political – ethical – correctness on the public by monitoring and restricting how you spend and receive money. You might even see the possibility that in order to spend and earn money, we could soon need the approval – the “Mark” if not of *the* “Beast, “of some lesser beast, composed of powerful organizations.